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Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

1. Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon ride over Soğanlı valley, Cappadocia. Marvel at spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take postcard-perfect photos from the balloon basket. After a convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your hotel, hear a safety briefing from your pilot and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some snacks. Watch the balloon inflate before climbing into the balloon's basket, lifting off, and drifting peacefully over Cappadocia. Float over Soğanlı valley to take in the early morning sunrise over the mountains, illuminated in stunning golden hues. Snap some photos of the iconic Cappadocian landscape. After about an hour, land gently and return to your hotel.

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

2. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Meet your guide in front of the exit gate of the Basilica Cistern, skip the long lines and visit the ancient water cistern built in 336. Admire the stunning architecture of this marvel of engineering on a guided highlights tour. After your tour, you can stay inside as long as you want and discover the Basilica Cistern at your own pace.

From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

3. From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

Join a boat trip to Suluada Island and soak up this fantastic Mediterranean setting with transportation from Antalya or Kemer included. Take in the sights of the surrounding bays, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and watch the wooden boats from Adrasan. The island of Suluada is one of the most beautiful in the region and is covered in lush forests. The water sparkles like glass and is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Suluada is sometimes referred to as the 'Turkish Maldives' because of the sparkling bay. Begin with pickup and take a bus ride of up to 1 hour and 20 minutes to the port where the boat departs from. Sail toward the island and take your first swim in the beautiful waters. Enjoy further swimming breaks at the island's western and spring water beaches. Enjoy a lunch on board with vegetarian options available. On the way back from Suluada, take one last swimming break in the beautiful Hacivat Bay. The formation of its rocks resembles Hacivat, the lead character in a traditional Turkish shadow play.

Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

4. Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet. Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

5. Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

Join a sightseeing dinner cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dine with live entertainment. Pass some of Istanbul's most famous monuments, including Dolmabahçe Palace. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer, and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

6. Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

Experience endless fun and excitement on a day trip to the Land of Legends Theme Park which boasts over 40 water slides and over 20 fun rides. Enjoy a fantastic day out perfect for entertaining your friends and family. First, touch the sky with the 62-meter-high Hyper Coaster. Then, meet the water after climbing up to 43 meters on the Typhoon Coaster. If you prefer, spin and spin on the Magicone ride. Or perhaps experience the Space Rocket and become a water astronaut. Also explore a range of other surprising, exciting, and adrenaline-filled rides. Don't forget to bring your swimwear and towel so you can take advantage of the pool and waterpark facilities.

Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

7. Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel by a professional tour guide after your breakfast at around 09:45/ 10:00. Your first encounter with Cappadocia will be Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley).  In this valley, different rock formations can be seen as animals which is why this valley can also be called Imagination Valley. Use your imagination to describe all these rocks. Then, head to Monks Valley or also known as Paşabağları.  There is a bit of a difference between these two meanings in English and Turkısh. Monks used to live here and hide from the religious pressures of the Roman government or local people.  During the Roman period, most of the people were pagans and not Christian. That's why all the history of these places comes from this point.  In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area that can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of the land for their own economic power. Afterward, the local people were known as Paşabağları. Avanos town will be your third point of interest. In the art center, you will see how to make pottery and ceramic in the Cappadocia region. The history of pottery making and ceramic dates back to the Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000).  Avanos is the only town that is famous for pottery and ceramic made using red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery-making demonstration and will also be able to try it yourself. Then, head to an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break.  After a short photography break at the Esentepe viewpoint, see the stunning Gōreme Valley and fairy chimneys. The largest and tallest fairy chimney known as Uchisar Castle will be your next point of interest located in Uchisar. It is also a natural structure, not made by human hands.  In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar to today's university model. You will see dormitories (for men and women), churches (9 to 10), chapels, dining rooms, mutual places, and classrooms.  You will see wall paintings or frescoes on most of the walls of the churches in this museum. These paintings depict some scenes from the Bible or some other important point in the life of Jesus Christ. People used to live here as students and teachers together. In addition, teachers gave Christian courses to their students from the Bible. Then after their graduation, they would go to some other part of Turkey in order to spread and teach Christianity to the people.  Finally, you will visit the deepest and largest underground city in Cappadocia. Consisting of seven floors, you will see all parts of the underground city open to the public and learn how people survived under limited opportunities.  Mainly, you will see stalls, dining rooms, food storage rooms, churches, kitchens, and other similar places you would normally find in a living area. Your professional art historian guide will gladly explain all the details and the history of the places you will visit during your tour schedule. 

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Fast Track Entry with Guide

8. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Fast Track Entry with Guide

After you meet your local guide, you will skip the ticket lines and get inside the fastest way. Once inside the Topkapi Palace, you can discover the three courtyards, terraces with astonishing views, as well as precious collections at your own pace and enjoy the highlights of this stunning. Starting from the square and fountain in front of the Topkapi Palace, you can see explore each of the famous gates while listening to interesting stories and surprising details about legendary figures from history.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Strait Catamaran Cruise with Dinner

9. Istanbul: Bosphorus Strait Catamaran Cruise with Dinner

Enjoy Turkish food and entertainment with the mesmerizing Istanbul views at night on an unforgettable dinner cruise. While enjoying very delicious dishes on board, you will come across some of the best city views of the Bosphorus Strait at night. Start with pickup from the European side of Istanbul or arrive at the meeting point by yourself, depending on the option chosen. First is the Whirling Dervishes Show (Sema), a spiritual ritual performed by the followers of famous mystic Rumi. Be captivated by Zeybek, an Aegean folk dance giving some epic, heroic vibes. Experience the energetic traditional celebration dance of Latin and Halay from Central Anatolia. Witness Turkish Belly Dancing and some Roman dance, which is a very rhythmic and fast-paced. Moving on to the Caucasian legacy, watch jaw-dropping Kafkas dance perform with traditional Caucasian music and costumes. Last but not least, visit the Black Sea region to lay eyes on their traditional dance Horon and set a high note before ending the night. The main dishes are served at 10:00 PM. The delicious food of fish or a mixed grilled meat plate will be accompanied by unlimited soft drinks as well as alcoholic drinks. After dinner, a live DJ performance starts to make this magical night even more unforgettable before heading back to the port.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

10. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

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What people are saying about Turkey

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4.4 / 5

based on 31,644 reviews

This was a fantastic tour! Istanbul is a wonderful city and Ekrem was an outstanding guide. The tour was well organized, covering all the main sites such as Aya Sofia, Topkapi palace, Dolmabahce palace and more . Ekrem was very knowledgeable and provided us with interesting historical and cultural insights, all in perfect English. He was also kind and patient in answering all of our questions. He was flexible, adjusting the program to avoid the rain, beat crowds and for us to spend more time at the Grand Bazaar (which we loved!). He also suggested great food and was very helpful in guiding us on how to use the tram and find our way around the city. Overall, my husband, adult daughter and I highly recommend this tour - be sure to ask for Ekrem as your guide!

Absolutely fantastic service that good that we rebooked and going back in a few days time thank you to all the staff very nice and friendly highly recommend this place.

I booked twice the servies, although no one contacts me, the driver always shows up on time. Really nice experience!

We had a great time on the dinner cruise. The food was good and the dancing and entertainment was great.

It is amazing experience! Crew is awesome, show is great!